A Whole New World?

In technology at McDowell, we are going through different stations of fun things to do with technology in Mr. Barne’s class. Each week you will go to a new station. One of the stations is virtual reality, also known as VR. We are lucky to have smartphones and virtual reality headsets here at McDowell for students to use. Anyways, if you didn’t know what virtual reality is, virtual reality is a 3D image/environment that can give you a realistic experience, but what do we use VR for here at McDowell?

The main reason we use VR is to “travel” to different places and use it to educate students. We use an app called “Google Expeditions” for our VR. In the Expeditions app, there are hundreds of different subjects/places you can “travel” to. With each expedition, there are descriptions about what is going on and it gives facts about what you’re seeing. In science class, we have used VR multiple times to help students learn. The first time we used virtual reality was to travel to different biomes, since in science we were working on biome projects. Then we used it to dive into the ocean, and we learned about how global warming causes coral bleaching. Finally, we also have used VR to travel up into the stratosphere. It helped students better understand what goes on in our atmosphere. You can also travel to many other famous landmarks or ancient places. It is a good way to learn visually and many students enjoy using virtual reality here at McDowell! What do you think about using virtual reality to learn?

New Year Resolutions?

        A lot of people make new year resolution.  At McDowell all of the students made some.  We cut out and colored a piece of paper with 2018 written in bold on it.  In the number 2 it said, “Two things I will accomplish in 2018:”.  There was a wide variation in answers but some are “getting good grades”, “being able to do a back flip full twist”, and “Being a straight ‘A’ student”.  Inside the  0 said, ”If you could zero in on one thing to improve on this year, what would it be?  Why?” One person said, “…doing a handstand because I always fall” while other said, “ I hope to improve my trumpet playing so I will have more fun” or even “.  The number 1 was a hard one for some people, it said ”Write about one thing you want to learn this year.” I said “Spanish because Then it will be easier for high school.”  others said, “Ice skating”, “More about technology”, “How to draw” and many more. Finally we had to fill in the 8.  The question was “ What are eight things that you look forward to this year.”  Some people said “summer vacation”, “Spring sports” and a lot of other things.  The point of this was to to make goals for yourself that you WILL complete.  Everybody had different goals for themselves, as you can see.  No ones 2018 paper was the same.  This project also let us express our inner creativity.  I you had to make a New Year resolution what would it be?  Leave a comment to let us know.


McDowell Winter Sports Pep-Rally!

Recently here at McDowell, there was  a very interesting and fun winter sports pep-rally! At this pep-rally, the winter sport teams and all of the players were announced, and then there were a few different competitions which included prizes. Firstly, the teams were announced. When the teams and players were getting announced, the teams would go on the middle of the floor in the gymnasium and then wave to everyone when their names were announced. The winter sport teams that were announced at the pep-rally were boys basketball, girls basketball, cheerleading, and wrestling.

Then at the pep-rally we had competitions. The first competition was to build a human snowman. A few players were randomly chosen from each of the sports team to build the human snowman. So there was a team with people from girls basketball, and team with the boys basketball players, a team with cheerleaders, and a team with the wrestlers. One person from each team would be the “snowman” and the rest of the people would help build them. The materials they had to build a human snowman from where toilet paper, paper buttons and a paper nose, a few pieces of tape, and a hat with a matching scarf. All of the teams wrapped toilet paper around the person who was supposed to be their “snowman”, which made a lot of people laugh. After everyone finished their snowman, people would cheer for the snowman they liked best, and the team who had the most cheers would win. At the end, the girls basketball team had the best snowman, but the boys basketball team, the cheerleaders, and the wrestlers all had good snowmans to. Since the girls basketball team won, they got Logan Elm t-shirts!

The final competition that was held at the McDowell winter sports pep-rally was a 3-point shooting contest. To start the competition, the people that wanted to participate lined up on the court (winter athletes could not participate, though) and the first six people to make a 3-pointer would win and get a prize. It got intense when the first five people made it, and there would only be one more winner. After the sixth person made the shot, they all got Logan Elm t-shirts as their prize! So, that was the McDowell winter sports pep-rally!

Watch the video below with all of the photos and videos from the pep-rally!


New iPhone X!

On October 27, 2017, people could officially pre-order the new iPhone X. It will be available in stores starting November 3rd, which is tomorrow. But why should you order the new iPhone? Here are some new features that are available on the iPhone X. First let’s talk about the looks. The iPhone X will be the first iPhone with an all-screen glass display. If you’re scared that you’ll crack your screen with the all glass display, Apple says the glass is the most durable glass they ever made, so it shouldn’t crack as easily. It also will a stainless steel design. Something completely different about this iPhone is the home button is gone. To get to the home page on the new iPhone, you will have to swipe up from the bottom of the screen. It also will have an OLED display (OLED = organic light-emitting diode). The OLED display with help give the iPhone X high resolution brightness, a 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio, and great color accuracy. Fun fact, the iPhone X will have 458 pixels per inch! Apple also claims that this new iPhone will have the best cameras they’ve ever developed. Next, the new smartphone will also have a wireless charging system, and face identification (ID). Face ID creates an a new quick and easy way to unlock your phone and pay for items. There will also be a new chip in the iPhone. The chip is called A11 bionic. Apple says that this chip is “the most powerful and smartest chip in a smartphone, with a neural engine that’s capable of up to 600 billion operations per second.”  Finally, the new iPhone is water and dust resistant. The starting price for the new iPhone X is $999. Just like the iPhone 7, the new iPhone X still doesn’t have a headphone jack, which is a bummer since you’ll have to pay a high price to get the new iPhone. However, if you do not mind that it doesn’t have a headphone jack, then you should check the new iPhone X out!

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And so it begins…

We are off to a new school year!  Logan Elm School District started a new school year on August 21, so we have actually been in session for a couple of weeks now.  Seventh graders have tackled that daunting task of memorizing a new schedule and figuring out their way around a new building.   And as always, it’s been exciting for me to get to know a new group of students.

The Advanced Language Arts class will soon be updating McDowell Media.  Stay tuned!

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Power of the Pen State?!

Yep, you heard right!  Emily, Genevieve, and Kelsey are the three lucky students that are going to state for their amazing skills in writing and creative minds.  If you are wondering about Power of the Pen(POP) then I’d be happy to explain.  POP is a club where kids join to write short stories and let their creative mind wander far and have a chance to be awarded for it!   At competitions tons of teams show up for a chance at winning.  An interesting fact is that the 7th grade team placed 4th at District and then continued on to place 3rd at Regionals!   A run-off from that is that POP goes to three competitions, District, Regional, and State.  For state only a few kids are picked to go based on their writing skills and the competition will be held at the College of Wooster.  State will be held on Friday, May 26th.  This is to the McDowell kids, show some encouragement to your classmates by wishing them luck! Plus a huge thanks to our writing coaches Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Ross for being the best coaches we could ask for an always pushing us to work hard and really think about what we are going to write.   Another reason to why #mcdowellstudentsarethebest!

Eragon Book Review

A good book series can be hard to find nowadays. If you’re like me and struggle to find a good book, fear no more; I have a book that will keep you on your toes wondering what’s next.

That book is called Eragon and it’s written by Christopher Paolini. It’s about a boy named Eragon, who thinks he is nothing but a poor farm boy in the rural town of Carvahall living with his uncle Garrow and cousin Roran. While he was hunting one day he stumbles upon a smooth blue stone and takes it home, planning on selling it later to get some meat for his family. When the blue stone provides Eragon with a baby dragon, he realizes he’s in for more than he bargained. This baby dragon has just thrown Eragon into a world he wasn’t prepared for.

Eragon’s adventure just doesn’t end after one book; it has three more books after it! Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance are also part of Eragon’s adventure. I’m currently on Brisingr, and let me say that the previous book, Eldest, has so many plot twists! Christopher Paolini will keep you on the edge of your seat reading this series.



Super Bowl 51

The country of America has many things it’s known for, but there is one thing that plays a big part in the American culture.  Football is an American sport that plays a part in American culture.  The season starts with 32 teams battling for a spot in the playoffs.  Every team has a shot to get into the playoffs, but only a few rise up to part of an amazing championship game called the Super Bowl.

The Super Bowl first started in the year of 1967 on the day of January 15 and took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.  Two teams of the teams that they had back then had fought in this epic competition.  The Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs were the two teams that had defeated the other teams.  The Packers ended up destroying the Chiefs with a score of 35, while the Chiefs only had a score of 10.

Now you may think that American football is just like any other normal sport with competitions that are random teams going up against each other, but it’s not.  The National Football League (NFL) is what we call pro football.  It consists of many different leagues inside of it.  So, American football is planned and not just random teams going up against each other.  The Super Bowl is a battle between the AFC and the NFC.  During a seasons teams that are part of the NFC can’t play teams that are part of the AFC in the playoffs.  Inside of these two leagues are four smaller leagues that consist of four teams.  For example, the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are part of the NFC South and those teams will play each other until time for the playoffs.  NFC South is just on league in the NFC.

It takes a lot of hard work to get into the playoffs.  To get into the playoffs your team has to have more wins than the other teams but even if you don’t have more wins a team can still get into the playoffs if another team does worse than them.  Six teams from the AFC and six teams from the NFC get into the playoffs each year.  Imagine how hard it would be to get into the Super Bowl, but each year two teams get into the battle for the NFL championship game.

This year of 2017 it is the fifty first Super Bowl.  Super Bowl 51 (LI) is a battle between the AFC East’s New England Patriots and the NFC South’s Atlanta Falcons.  This amazing game is going to be at the Houston, Texans  Astrodome stadium and it is called the Reliant Stadium.  There is an estimated 71, 795 people going to show up and watch the game live at the stadium.

The famous quarterback, Matt Ryan, of the Falcons is going for Most Valuable Player in the whole NFL.  The New England, Patriots have a very great offense as well as a great a great defense, but the Falcons are considered to have the best offense.  The Atlanta Falcons are looking for their first Super Bowl win of all time, while the Patriots are looking for their fifth Super Bowl win.  The best offense versus the best defense as some people would put it.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. day is celebrated on January 16th during 2017, which is around the time of his birthday. The special holiday honors and celebrates the life of Martin Luther King Jr. who was the main leader of the Civil Rights Movement that ended racial segregation in America. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a wonderful and supportive family. He also had a few medals that awarded his accomplishments, many other awards and one of his many speeches became well known.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was a very important man in America during the 1950s and 1960s. Being the leader of the Civil Rights Movement, he also played a very important role in the history of America. He fought to make rights equal between all Americans, which meant ending the segregation between the people. The Civil Rights Movement served to make all Americans equal and not separate. Before 1954, which was when segregation in public schools was outlawed, there was a saying “separate but equal” which was later struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1964, the Civil Rights Act outlawed all segregation in every state across America.

Martin Luther King Jr. had a wonderful and supportive family. He had a wife named Coretta Scott King, and four children. Coretta and Martin’s children’s names were, Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott King, Yolanda Denise King, and Bernice Albertine King. Finally, King had two siblings named Christine and Alfred. His parents were Alberta and Martin Luther King Sr.

In his lifetime, which was cut short in 1968, King achieved many accomplishments for his work. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 at 35 years old. Martin Luther King Jr. was also Time magazine’s “Man of The Year” in 1963. King also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. Because he was assassinated on April 4, 1968, his wife, Coretta King, received the awards on behalf of her husband.

In short, Martin Luther King Jr. day serves to honor and celebrate a man who helped shape America into what it has become today. He was the main leader in the Civil Rights Movement and helped end segregation among Americans. Because of his hard work, he earned many awards for his accomplishments, including an entire day to honor and celebrate his life and accomplishments.

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